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The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has developed this website to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs - school districts and charter schools) administrators and facilities personnel, along with those involved with school facilities, better plan, build and maintain efficient and effective school facilities that will properly support appropriate education programs for Utah children. while maintaining the appropriate level of safety and security. Included within this website are: the electronic version of the School Construction Resource Manual; related law and administrative rules; construction forms; construction and inspection-related references; lists of school construction projects; the electronic version of Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Schools; and much more.


All school construction, maintenance and operation must comply with all applicable building codes. The purpose of building codes are to establish the minimum requirements to provide a reasonable level of safety, public health and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations (International Building Code (IBC) 101.3).


The provisions of the codes apply to the construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures (IBC 101.2).


Hopefully this information is helpful to everyone who uses it. If there are topics you would like more information about, or you have questions or concerns about any of the website contents, please contact jenefer [dot] youngfield [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Jenefer Youngfield) at (801) 538-7669.